Transcript for US Businessman Stabbed to Death in Bahamas
The shocking death of a Pennsylvania businessman at a resort in the Bahamas. Two other Americans charged with stabbing and killing the 45-year-old Carl Yerger and the details are murky but some sort of confrontation. It turned deadly. ABC's linsey Davis has the story. Reporter: A beautiful setting for a heinous crime. This morning, detectives in the Bahamas are trying to figure out how an American man on a fishing trip with his best friend and business partner ended up mysteriously murdered. 45-year-old Carl Yerger's body was discovered Friday morning stabbed to death on the grounds of this resort where he was staying on the island of bimini. There was an altercation on board. It went from the vessel to the dock. Reporter: The suspects, 19-year-old Tyler Michael Valles from Florida and 62-year-old Robert Francis Schwarz from Connecticut both arraigned on manslaughter charges Tuesday. They were staying on a boat docked at the resort though it's unclear whether they knew Yerger. According to the suspects' attorney an altercation broke out. They deny stabbing him. The deceased trespassed on to the vessel. He was ejected at least once potentially twice. At some point before they reached the land of the dock, he turned and attacked Tyler and there was a struggle. Mr. Schwarz intervened to assist. Reporter: The two men say they left Yerger after fighting with him on the dock and believe security video which is not being released will prove he was still alive. He walked away. They walked away is what I am instructed the cameras show. Reporter: When ABC reached out to the victim's wife Rebecca Yerger with the suspect's version of the story she told us that being drunk doesn't mean he should be murdered. Investigators haven't released a motive. As for the suspects, both are expected to return to the U.S. And are due back in court in may. Their attorney tells us they will plead not guilty. For "Good morning America," linsey Davis, ABC news, new York.
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